Movie Review: The Adam Project * Whooshes Into Realistic Topics – Grieving, Being Bullied, Accepting Who You Are
After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “The Adam Project is a sci-fi movie that takes you on a wild, CGI-filled flight that is out of this world—with futuristic technology that makes you excited but also afraid of what could come, and crazy fight scenes that defy gravity. This film also whooshes you into some very realistic topics, too, like grieving for a loved one, being bullied by classmates and accepting who you are.” See her full review below.
The Adam Project
By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
The Adam Project is a sci-fi movie that takes you on a wild, CGI-filled flight that is out of this world—with futuristic technology that makes you excited but also afraid of what could come, and crazy fight scenes that defy gravity. This film also whooshes you into some very realistic topics, too, like grieving for a loved one, being bullied by classmates and accepting who you are.
The year is 2050 and time travel exists; however, it is proving to be too dangerous for humanity’s own good. After time-traveler pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) misses the destination of his mission, to land in 2018, and instead crash-lands in 2022, he is found by his 13-year-old self (Walker Scobell). Together, they embark on a mission to “un-do” time travel so they can fix the past to save the future of the world. But first, the Adams must learn how to get along with each other.
The special effects are one of the most notable things about this movie. The wormholes have a mind-boggling appearance, and the ships are straight out of an alien planet. The sci-fi elements look so realistic – as realistic as those can be – that it gives the impression that the cinematographers used time travel themselves to capture these scenes. The overall storyline of the movie is creative, but it does not really have any unique plot twists nor is it fully developed. And as a result, this film comes off a little bland and seems to be missing something. The Adam Project includes some great actors besides Ryan Reynolds, including Jennifer Garner (Adam’s mom). In Reynold’s performance, you can really feel all his tension and childhood trauma built up, ready to burst. He also manages to make you laugh really hard. Jennifer Garner is the perfect fit for Adam’s loving mother who’s trying to keep it together as a single mom.
This movie has great messages about never giving up and learning to live with your past. There is some profanity, intense fighting scenes, blood, and some adult jokes.
I give The Adam Project 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. This movie releases exclusively on Netflix on March 11, 2022.
Keywords: Shawn Levy , Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Shawn Levy, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Walker Scobell